Brown's illness still mystery

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

Doug Brown is back in Winnipeg, but it doesn't sound like he's any closer to playing in a football game.

The star defensive tackle still doesn't know specifically what's wrong with him, yet the Bombers hope to have him back on the practice field at some point this week.

"Doug has returned home," director of player personnel John Murphy said. "There's no update on the actual test that they did out there (in Edmonton).

"He looked OK this morning. He's obviously weakened from the course of events."

The team originally thought he had the flu but then said it was migraine headaches. The most recent stab at a diagnosis was a viral infection.

Whatever it is, it's doubtful Brown will play Friday against Calgary.

ON THE MEND: Cornerback James Johnson and defensive tackle Tyrone Williams, who also missed the opener due to injuries, practised with the first-team defence yesterday.

Special teamer Steven Holness, who had been battling a shoulder problem, was also back on the field.

Receiver Kyle Smith, who was released after suffering a serious hamstring pull early in training camp but stuck around to rehab the injury, also took part in yesterday's workout, as did former Winnipeg Rifles pass catcher Jeremy Botelho.

Smith, the son of San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, and Botelho were needed because the Bombers were without three regulars.

Derick Armstrong was told to stay home while the team tried to trade him, Romby Bryant was at a family wedding in the U.S., and Brock Ralph is hurt again with an undisclosed injury.

Defensive end Riall Johnson (hamstring) and linebacker Joe Lobendahn (shoulder) were also spectators yesterday.

MILT MANIA: The Bombers are gearing up for Milt Stegall Week.

The legendary slotback, who retired in February, will be at the Stadium's Bomber Store between 6 and 8 p.m. tonight for an autograph session, he will be inducted into the club's hall of fame tomorrow at the annual Legacy Dinner (call 784-2583 for tickets), and he will be honoured at half time of Friday's home-opener.

If that's not enough, a DVD about Stegall's illustrious career will be up for pre-sale on Wednesday.


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